ID.7, Volkswagen Group of America’s first fully electric car, will make its public premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas between January 5 and 8, 2023. ID.7 will be based on the modular electric drive matrix. CES will take place between January 5 and 8. It will be covered in smart camouflage, which employs innovative technology and multilayered paints to produce light effects on the vehicle’s components. This interactive feature is the next stage in the digitalisation of the future ID. family flagship model. The ID. AERO concept car, which was initially unveiled in China, served as a precursor to the current model, which features an aerodynamic design and is capable of achieving ranges of up to 700 kilometres (WLTP). Volkswagen Group of America is returning to the CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show, after a six-year absence.
The ID.7 is one of 10 new electric vehicles that Volkswagen of America plans to introduce by 2026.
The ingenious vents in the updated design of the air conditioning system each serve a different purpose. On swelteringly hot summer days or bone-chillingly cold winter days, for example, ID.7 is able to determine when the driver is approaching based on the key they use and will begin either cooling or heating the interior of the vehicle before the driver reaches the vehicle. Innovative “Smart Air Vents” regulate airflow and move dynamically to disperse air over wide regions swiftly. If there are passengers in the vehicle, the air can be directed directly to the body or used to ventilate the interior indirectly. These functions are always accessible on the new large display and may be individually activated and saved for each user. Using voice commands, unique requests can be initiated. The ID.7 will turn on the function that heats the steering wheel if the user says, “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold.” Additionally, warm air is blown into the hands of the user.
The unique camouflage idea is interactive
VW will demonstrate the ID.7’s intelligence in a unique manner at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The camouflaged sedan includes a digital design with a distinctive painting that interactively illuminates the ID.7. There are forty layers of paint on the surface, some of which are conductive while others act as an insulator. Twenty-two sections of the car can be controlled independently and are electrified beneath the top layer of paint (electroluminescence) in order to illuminate. If all of this is connected to a music system, individual locations will be illuminated in sync with the rhythm.
The QR codes on the hood and both sides of the vehicle serve as a link between the physical and digital worlds. The complete camouflage furthers the QR code motif by concealing the final production vehicle’s outlines.
MEB enables the implementation of aerodynamic designs and spacious interior concepts.
The ID.7 follows the design language of the completely electric ID. model family in terms of appearance. The sedan is distinguished by its aerodynamic front portion and roof, which both contribute to minimising energy consumption and extending range. Frontal air intakes direct the air flowing through them along the vehicle’s sides to the rear in a targeted manner. Therefore, they form an air curtain that soothes the airflow along the vehicle’s flanks. The rearward slope of ID.7’s roof adds to its excellent drag coefficient. The maximum range is around 700 kilometers2 (WLTP).
The ID.7, like all previous models in the ID. series, is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. The interior benefits from the advantages of the modular matrix’s small overhangs and large wheelbase (2.97 metres). This gives the ID.7 the personality of a premium sedan with a particularly roomy interior.
Volkswagen’s electric mobility campaign has already delivered 500,000 MEB-based vehicles.
Volkswagen is expanding its successful fully electric ID. family into the upper middle class of the high-volume category with the ID.7 sedan and advancing its ACCELERATE electric mobility programme. VW has already reached its first milestone: Since the first ID.3 models were delivered to customers in September 2020, Volkswagen has delivered 500,000 vehicles from its ID. family through its subsidiaries around the world – roughly one year earlier than planned and despite ongoing supply chain issues.
After the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, and ID.6 models (only in China) and the new ID. Buzz, ID.7 will be the sixth member of the ID. family and Volkswagen’s second global vehicle based on the MEB after the ID.4. It is planned to introduce the electric sedan in China, Europe, and North America, the three key markets. Volkswagen’s facility in Emden will manufacture the ID.7 for the European market. It will be the second model constructed in Emden using the modular electric drive matrix, following the ID.4.
When ranges are specified, the figures for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are dependent on the vehicle equipment chosen.